Psychology and Social Studies

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This course is designed for those who are ‘people focused’ and provides the knowledge, methodologies and skills that will assist in progressing to third level with a view to careers in psychology, social sciences and humanities. It builds confidence and awareness in the areas of social studies and psychology and allows students to become familiar with terminology, concepts and theories that will be of great benefit during further study

Fiona O’Connor
Tel: (021) 4223833

1 year

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies 5M2181

QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)

500 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €250)

  • Psychology 5N0754
  • Research and Study Skills 5N3113
  • Social Studies 5N1370
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Human Growth and Development 5N1279
  • Intercultural Studies 5N0765
  • Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394
  • Statistics 5N2066
  • Work Experience 5N1356

Leaving Certificate with a minimum of five passes in subjects at Ordinary level (maths preferable). Mature students are exempt from Leaving Cert requirement. All applicants are interviewed.

  • Two week work placement
  • Professional guest lecturers
  • Pitstop Leadership Programme from Common Purpose for selected students.

CCOC QQI Advanced Certificate in Psychosocial Awareness and Training (Inclusive Education and Training 6M2263)
 Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for details.

This course is designed primarily for progression but career opportunities arise within the community and voluntray work sectors.

Hi, my name is Chloe O Mahony and I am a past student of Cork College of Commerce. I was a student of the course Psychology and Social Studies last year. I chose to do this course because I did not succeed in getting the right amount of points, missed out by 50 points in my leaving certificate for my chosen course Social Care in CIT. From a personal view I did not think I would ever be in college after hearing I didn’t get my course however at a last minute decision I chose to apply for the level 5 Psychology and Social Studies course, that was for a year only and would help me get into a third level college. When I first attended the college I fell in love with what I was doing and could see myself carrying on psychology and social studies in the future. It was a heavy and tough year but it paid off in the end as I enjoyed the year very much. After passing all my modules, I had filled out the CAO form to gain my place in a third level college and had received an acceptance to UCC for the course Social Science. I am now a student in UCC and I enjoy and love what I am studying. In fact the course Psychology and Social Studies gave me an opportunity to be ahead of others going into first year college as I have the majority of the same material covered. I would like to thank the Cork College of Commerce for giving me the opportunity to carry on my studies and to the staff who were very friendly and helpful. I wouldn’t be in UCC and studying what I love if it wasn’t for this College. Graduate 2016.

Chloe O'Mahony, UCC student

I am forever grateful for the opportunity of being accepted for the Psychology and Social Studies course in Cork College of Commerce. The course is taught similar to Third Level in so much as you are required to complete a number of assignments and end of year exams rather than the Leaving Cert structure. This system suited me better as I learned very important skills in research which I now use in UCC . The course is hard work but it is worth it if you put the work in. My class was very diverse, I made a lot of friends and we had fun but most of all we were supported by our teachers and we also supported each other the best we could. I loved my time spent there and it has allowed me to reach my goal as I am now studying level 8 Criminology in UCC! I would highly recommend this course to everyone. Graduate 2016.

Emma Murphy, UCC student

Last year I went to the College of Commerce to study Psychology and Social Studies. I had been out of education for eight years. The thought of going back was very daunting but the structure of the course and the support from the staff helped so much. Now I’m studying in UCC and I find the course content from last year gave me an excellent head start. I gained a lot of useful skills during my time in College of Commerce which took a lot of the pressure off me in first year in UCC. I would advise anyone thinking of returning to third level to take a course first in College of Commerce. The experience and the knowledge, coupled with the support and guidance is invaluable and very relevant. I loved my time there and I’m very grateful to the staff and the college for the opportunities it opened up for me. Thanks to everyone in the College, I couldn’t have done it without them.

Kate Bollard, Graduate student
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